Megan is an experienced courtroom advocate who is equally as passionate about advocacy at the boardroom table as at the bar table. As an accomplished lawyer and graduate of the AICD, Megan has many years experience as a director of government and not-for-profit boards, with a particular interest in issues affecting women and children.
Meagan’s eighteen years of experience across multiple Queensland Government departments and political offices has shaped her strong and well-recognised skills in strategy and policy development. These skills, along with her expertise in program oversight and governance, are enthusiastically applied to the work of The House’s Board.
Laura is an Executive Director of Macro Sales at J.P. Morgan, with eighteen years of financial markets experience. She is an Economics graduate from the University of Queensland, and regularly gives market commentary on business media channels such as Business Insider, Bloomberg, Your Money and CNBC. She is also on the Leadership Committee of J.P. Morgan’s “Women on The Move” chapter for Australia and New Zealand, and the Australian representative for J.P. Morgan’s Analyst & Associate Development Council.
Alyce is passionate about regional arts and cultural development and is no stranger to the regional arts network as she was the Regional Arts Development Officer for South West Arts, based in Deniliquin, from 2009 – 2013 and re-joined the network in January 2017, after a career break travelling, as the Executive Director for Murray Arts, based in Albury-Wodonga. A country girl at heart, who grew up a Pony-club-prize-winner and cow-pat-frisbee-slinger, Alyce is known for getting herself into some interesting situations. Quick-witted and reliably rambunctious, Alyce has shifted, her personal creative focus, to the development of solo performance work, stand-up comedy, bingo calling and MC duties.
Natalie Richards is a Lecoq graduate, teaching artist and director with fifteen years experience working with young people in the performing arts. She is co-founder of Australia's first short film festival for under 26yr olds in the thriller genre and has extensive experience running large scale events for young people. She believes education through the arts is essential from a young age, and is passionate about furthering equality.
Danielle O'Keefe is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist whose site-responsive work with young female singers is being recognised internationally. With 18 years experience working in the Arts, Danielle created The House that Dan Built to create new pathways and platforms for the voices of cross-generation women around Australia.
DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
Alyson has worked professionally as an actor, director, coach and voiceover artist in the film and television for the last twenty-five years. She has a Masters in Marketing and is a passionate advocate for female performers and stories.
BA (THEATRE) M.Com
Lisa has over 20 years of experience in senior marketing, strategy and stakeholder management roles, including event management, brand partnerships and consumer insights within the popular music space working at major record labels, music media, experiential events companies and artist management.
Claire is a solicitor with experience acting for and advising corporations and individuals in relation to disputes, litigation and criminal liability. Before starting her in career in the law, she held a number of senior leadership roles in the non-profit space, with a particular focus on youth leadership and development.
Maria is a solicitor with experience assisting Queensland government departments and private entities on environment and planning projects. Prior to starting her career as a solicitor, Maria worked in various roles including as a Family Court Associate and as a disability support person. Maria has been involved in numerous community organisations, including as a volunteer for St Vinnies' soccer stars program and refugee tutoring program, and as a committee member for the Queensland Environmental Law Association and Queensland Young Lawyers.
Marie is a lawyer with an interest in affordable housing and specialist disability accommodation and is currently an Associate in Minter Ellison’s property team with a daily focus on the retirement living sector. Beyond her role in private practice Marie is an enthusiastic supporter of music and the arts, as well an active participant in community groups. Having grown up in regional Queensland (on Iman country) Marie understands the important place that music has in connecting regional and remote communities. Marie strives to live, work and play in a way that fosters fairness, inclusion and respect.
MARKETING AND PARTNERSHIPS COMMITTEE
Olivia is joining us from South Australia.
BankSA Foundation Lead + Senior Advisor, Community Grants for St. George Foundation for more than 5 years.
Olivia studied Business Management and International Studies at the University of South Australia, and has since worked in a range of roles in the not-for-profit sector - managing marketing strategy, building corporate partnerships and of course fundraising and anything else as required to keep the lights on working for a charity. Working with National Heart
Foundation and the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation and now leading
BankSA Foundation, which is a part of St George Foundation. St George Foundation is a
Public Ancillary Fund providing grants to eligible charities doing incredible things.Having also worked across a range of industries including Higher Education, Mining, Travel and
Finance – gaining varied and valuable lessons and building some strong connections.
GOVERNANCE AND FUNDRAISING
Kate joins us from Westpac where she leads a team of Change Managers in Business Lending, responsible for delivering improvements that make it easier for bankers to support their business customers. Kate’s background includes varied roles spanning Corporate Affairs, Change, Public Relations and HR, with her 8 years at Westpac affording her opportunities to be involved in community partnerships with Tour de Cure and Jawun. Despite living in Sydney for 16 years, Kate still classifies herself Victorian at heart, and is obsessed with good books, morning exercise and her 1yo niece.
Kirsten is passionate about making positive social change, and for the past twenty years has done so through communication and sustainability roles in the corporate world. Kirsten joins us from Westpac where she heads up corporate affairs, marketing and sustainability for the bank’s offshore operations in the Pacific as well as working in recent years on large divestment programs. Kirsten started her career in the arts, at the Australia Council for the Arts, and later moved into international development as a consultant to the World Bank Group’s private sector arm and to offshore companies via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Kirsten is a 2023 Social Impact Fellow and is on the Development Committee for Word Travels, the company that delivers the Australian Poetry Slam. She lives on the Gold Coast with her family and when she’s not working or travelling can be found at yoga, sailing on the broadwater or curled up reading a good book.